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VANCOUVER -- As the Vancouver Whitecaps season comes to a disappointing end Sunday, Sam Adekugbe will offer some hope for the future. Brandon Browner Jersey . The 18-year-old Calgary product is slated to make his Major League Soccer debut, as a starter or substitute, when the Caps (12-12-9) close out their campaign, after missing the playoffs, against the visiting Colorado Rapids (14-10-9.) "If I do start, itll definitely be exciting," said Adekugbe, a defender who came up through the Whitecaps youth program and signed with the MLS squad in August. "I think its every kids goal to debut as a professional as young as possible." Adekugbe, who was born in London and lived in Manchester until age nine before moving to Calgary, gets the opportunity to play due to left fullback Jordan Harveys suspension for yellow-card accumulation. "Growing up, you talked about how exciting it would be to make your debut at 18 because, growing up in England, you see a lot of kids making their debut at 18," said Adekugbe. "So if I get to do this in Canada, its going to be an exciting possibility." Adekugbes debut coincides with the final game of Vancouver defender Young-Pyo Lees distinguished career. Lee, who represented his homeland of South Korea in three World Cups and won titles in his home country, England, the Netherlands and Saudi Arabia, has announced his retirement and will remain with the Whitecaps for at least two seasons to learn about sports administration. "I learned so many things the last two years," said Lee, 36. "It is, someone (said), another world for me about sports." South Korean media are expected to give extensive coverage to his swan song and he hopes to use the game as a chance to say "thank you" for the support he has received from fans. Meanwhile, the rest of the Caps will use the contest as a chance to show that all is not lost even though the club missed the playoffs after being near the top of the Western Conference standings before a summer swoon. "Im really excited about it, because we can have two 18-year-olds out there and another player whos come through our system (Adekugbe and Kekuta Manneh)," said embattled Vancouver coach Martin Rennie, whose future with the team is expected to be determined next week. "Were just really starting to see the benefit of all the hard work that the clubs done for many years, and the clubs poised to be really good, and its because of these young guys coming through." Rennie noted the Whitecaps have achieved many of their aims this season, including: new highs for wins, points and goals; first victories over Seattle, New York, and Los Angeles; and a Cascadia Cup crown for the best in-season record in games between Seattle, Vancouver and Portland. The coach hopes to get an opportunity to stay on for a third season and keep building a club that he guided to the playoffs in 2012. "I know that this team can go on and be a really strong team that contends for titles," he said. "I also know how long it takes to build a team to do that, and its not an overnight process. Its not a one-year process. Its not even a two-year process." But before facing the inevitable changes that will come, the Whitecaps want to excel against the Rapids, who beat the Caps 3-2 last weekend to extinguish Vancouvers flickering post-season hopes. "For a long time, we had the best record at home in MLS and then we had a spell where we didnt do as well as we had been doing before," said Rennie. "We need to finish on a high." Captain Jay DeMerit, who refuses to view the season as a failure despite the teams exclusion from the playoffs, said this is a time for the Caps to reflect on their campaign and put together one final triumph. "We all look at it as: This will be the last game where all these guys are here," he said. "So we need to make sure that we get the most out of it." DeMerits contract is expiring, but president Bob Lenarduzzi has indicated the team wants to re-sign him after he made a strong recovery from a torn Achilles tendon suffered in the first game of the season. Goalkeeper Joe Cannon, 38, who started the campaign as No. 1 but was relegated to No. 3 and has not played since a win over L.A. on May 11, is not expected to get a new deal. Lenarduzzi and Rennie indicated in mid-season, when the team signed new No. 1 goalkeeper David Ousted, that Cannon would not be brought back in 2014. Cannon hopes to keep playing somewhere next season. "Its been great to have seen this organization from day one and grow to what its become," he said. "But, obviously, its a bit bittersweet. "I think, as a group, we could have achieved a lot more things than we have." Notes: The fifth-place Rapids have not officially clinched a playoff spot yet, but their chances of being eliminated, with sixth-place San Jose getting in on a tiebreaker instead, are mathematically remote. Pending other results this weekend, a win over Vancouver could enable Colorado to finish as high as second. 12th Fan Seahawks Jersey . Louis Blues have returned to the top spot in the TSN. Official Seattle Seahawks Jersey . Its the second straight year he has decided not to play as he cuts back his schedule. Stricker was replaced in the field by Ryo Ishikawa of Japan. SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- The start of the San Francisco 49ers three-day mandatory minicamp was overshadowed by the players who were absent. Two-time Pro Bowl tight end Vernon Davis and right guard Alex Boone skipped Tuesdays activities. Both starters are seeking raises despite two years left on their contracts. Cornerback Eric Wright, a seven-year veteran who played in seven games for the 49ers last season, announced his retirement. Wright said in a statement released through the team that he "no longer had the same passion" for the game. While Wrights announcement came as a surprise in the locker room, Davis and Boone are far bigger contributors to a 49ers team that has Super Bowl aspirations. Coach Jim Harbaugh said he appreciates players who show up for the voluntary workouts in the off-season but expects everybody in attendance for the mandatory meetings. He said he was disappointed that Davis and Boone are not at the minicamp. "Not the decision that I envisioned being the 49er way," Harbaugh said. "Really nothing more to be said about it. The focus will be on whats going on here." Players can be fined nearly $70,000 if they miss all three days of the minicamp, per the NFLs collective bargaining agreement. If Davis and Boone continue to hold out, they set the stage for what could be a major distraction leading into training camp next month for a franchise that has avoided such contract disputes the past few seasons under Harbaugh and general manager Trent Baalke. Neither Davis nor Boone was present during the first eight weeks of the teams voluntary program. Davis sacrificed a $200,000 bonus and Boone $50,000 for missing the workouts. And while both are seeking new deals, Davis has been the most vocal about his situation. "In 2010 I signed a five-year, $37 million contract extension with $23 million guaranteed. It was the biggest contract for a tight end in league history. Four years later, and Im playing at a higher level than I was then, which brings me to why Im holding out," Davis wrote in a guest column for MMQB.com on Monday. "Its all about getting paid what you deserve. Its not that complicated. I want the 49ers to win the Super Bowl, and I want to be on the field this summer working toward that goal, but I have to worry about my future first." "Most of my teammates and many players in the NFL understand that. A few dont," Davis continued. "Behind closed doors, theylll say theyre all about the team and would run through a brick wall for the organization. JMarcus Webb Jersey. But when you look closer, theyre doing things to contradict themselves. I cant listen to anyone but my family and my advisors, because those are the people who are going to be there when football inevitably dumps me." Davis, who initially acted coy about skipping the teams voluntary off-season program, began making his displeasure known shortly before the 49ers announced they had given quarterback Colin Kaepernick a six-year contract extension through the 2020 season that could be worth up to $126 million. Davis, who is now 30 years old, had 52 catches for 850 yards and accounted for 13 of Kaepernicks 21 touchdown passes last season. The tight end has repeatedly talked about marketing his "brand" this off-season after signing a deal with Fantex, which sells shares of Davis "stock" to investors. The San Francisco company paid Davis $4 million in return for 10 per cent of his future earnings from football, commercial endorsements and other jobs that he may get during the remainder of his life. The 27-year-old Boone signed a contract extension while he was a backup tackle in November 2011. He has two years remaining on the deal, which will reportedly pay him $2.25 million this season and $1.45 million next season. Most of their teammates responded in similar fashion when asked about their absences -- saying its a decision each player has to make on their own. Second-year safety Eric Reid, whose locker is next to Wrights, said it was a little surprising when he heard Wright was considering not playing anymore. Wright had been competing for the job vacated by former starters Carlos Rogers and Tarell Brown, who both signed with the Oakland Raiders in free agency. The 49ers are treating minicamp as an opportunity for others to make an impact. Vance McDonald and Garrett Celek are expected to receive most of the practice repetitions behind Davis at tight end. Joe Looney is competing at the guard spot, while tackle Jonathan Martin is receiving some time at guard. Daniel Kilgore also can play centre and guard. Tramaine Brock, Chris Culliver, Perrish Cox, Chris Cook, Darryl Morris and rookies Dontae Johnson and Kenneth Acker are competing at cornerback. "Its next man up," 49ers offensive co-ordinator Greg Roman said. "Thats how it goes." Cheap NFL Jerseys nfl jerseys china ' ' '

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